The Phase Change Heat Transfer Laboratory at the University of Maryland investigates the fundamental mechanisms by which heat is transferred using liquid-vapor phase change processes. Phase change allows tremendous amounts of energy to be transferred with little increase in temperature due to the latent heat of vaporization. Applications include electronic cooling on earth and in space, the design of compact heat exchangers, nuclear reactor cooling, heat pipes, and many others. The processes currently being investigated in this laboratory are boiling in earth and microgravity environments, boiling within graphite foams, and droplet and spray cooling. Many of the above projects involve the use of a Microheater Array to measure the local heat flux.
Location: 0103H Engineering Lab, Building #089
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